Lee Calls on N.Korea to Embrace 'Mutual Benefit'

      September 22, 2011 13:18

      South Korea is willing to help North Korea alongside the international community if the Stalinist country pursues the path to "mutual benefit and common prosperity," President Lee Myung-bak told the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

      In a keynote speech, Lee urged the North to join the trend of the times.

      He also said South Korea is going to give more than it has received from the international community, emphasizing participation in UN peacekeeping activities, the need to respond jointly to international terrorism, support for democracy in Africa, and expansion of international aid for developing nations.

      President Lee Myung-bak (center) receives the World Statesman Award in New York on Tuesday from Rabbi Arthur Schneier, founder of the Appeal to Conscience Foundation, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon looks on.

      Earlier, Lee received the World Statesman Award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation for his contribution to world peace at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

      In a speech at the ceremony, he said, "I think my role during the remainder of my term is to lay the groundwork" for national reunification. He stressed the need to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula through denuclearization efforts and build trust between the two Koreas. He added that based on this, both Koreas can strengthen economic cooperation to seek the path to common prosperity and achieve peaceful reunification.

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